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TODAY: An ATA Trap shoot will be held at Pinetucky Gun Club. Registration begins at 9 am. For more details call (706) 592-4230 or visit www.pinetucky.com.

MONDAY: The CSRA Fly Fishers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Club House of the River Island Community in Evans. Visitors are welcome. Bring your fly rod and cast off the dock. Instruction supplied for neophytes. For more information visit www.csraflyfishers.org.

FRIDAY: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Savannah River Chapter Banquet will be held at the North Augusta Municipal Building, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This fund-raising supports reintroduction of elk in the Smoky Mountains and local Wounded Warrior hunts. Order tickets online at events.rmef.org/@F7S or call Neil Winter at (803) 645-5702 or e-mail nwinter@enloeinc.com.

FRIDAY-APRIL 29: Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare minerals, will be open to the public April 27-29 for the semiannual “Rock, Swap & Dig” event in which visitors can chisel away at rock outcrops in search of treasure. The mine will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Although admission is free, donations to offset the cost of the event are accepted, said Clarence “Junior” Norman, the caretaker of the Lincoln County, Ga., site. Visitors can dig for minerals that include rutile and iridescent hematite. Mineral and rock collectors from across the Southeast will have booths for buying, selling and trading, and vendors will provide food and drinks. Families are welcome. To get to Graves Mountain from Lincolnton, Ga., go west on U.S. Highway 378 toward Washington, Ga. The mine is about 3 miles ahead on the left. For details, call (706) 401-3173.

SATURDAY: A “Benderdinker Paddling & Pickin” musical kayak/canoe event called will be held at Riverside Park on Hardy McManus Road, Evans, with a scenic, simple, three -hour paddle on Betty’s Branch and the Savannah River. Eyrn Eubanks & the Family Fold will head up an all-day jam session of local bluegrass bands, on-and-off the water. The event will be a celebration of “all things local.” Restaurants selling locally-grownfoods will include Chef Edward Mendoza’s coffee-rubbed pig roast and the Rooster’s Beak food truck vending veggie tacos and homemade ice cream,and Mellow Mushroom’s local pizza slices. Registration for kayaking is $25/boat. Boat rentals are available too. Entrance to the local fest is free. Proceeds benefit four local nonprofits: Augusta Locally Grown, Savannah Riverkeeper, Camp Sweet Life, and Columbia County Cares. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Water events start at 10 a.m. and the Local Festival starts at noon. For more information or to register for The Paddle visit www.benderdinker.com.

SATURDAY: An NRA pistol orientation class will be held at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club, Windsor, S.C., for beginner pistol shooters. The fundamentals of safety, pistol operation and marksmanship will be taught. The class will begin at 9 a.m. Cost is $80/student. Rental guns will be available. Contact: Ed Majzlik at edmajzlik@gmail.com or (803) 641-1742.

SATURDAY: A U.S.Practical Shooting Association pistol shoot will be held at Pinetucky Gun Club beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event measures the shooter’s ability to shoot rapidly and accurately through obstacle-laden courses. Cost will be $5 for members, $12 for non-members, plus USPSA fees. For more details call (706) 592-4230 or visit www.pinetucky.com.

MAY 5: The annual Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 1600 Troupe Street, Augusta. Participants share and trades and experts are available to answer questions. Call (706) 228-3559 for more information.

MAY 12: After an absence of 15 years the Clark Hill Striper Club and Mistletoe State Park will host a Striper Extravaganza at Mistletoe, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will include a weigh-in, seminars on rigging and the use of live and artificial baits, fish cleaning and taste testing. Contact Bill Tinley, (706) 760-8210, for more details.

MAY 12: A Kids Fishing Derby will be held at Lake Russell at the Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing Area, located on Highway 72 between the Highway 72 Bridge and Calhoun Falls, S.C. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Fishing hours are from 8 to 11:00 a.m., followed by a 45-minute water safety program. The event concludes with a hot dog lunch and prizes beginning at noon. A free lunch will be provided for all participants ages 15 and under. Children 15 and under are not required to have a fishing license. For additional information, please call Park Ranger Erin Parnell toll free at (800) 944-7207 or (706) 213-3407.

MAY 12: The fourth annual Savannah River Classic benefiting the Lower Savannah River Alliance will be held on Saturday, May 12th at the old South Carolina welcome center building on U.S. Hwy. 301 in Allendale County, S.C. Registration is $75 per boat for 2 anglers and includes an event T-shirt and barbecue ticket. Weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. For more details call (803) 584-7363.

MAY 25-27: Appling Archers will play host to its 2012 Bow Hunters Festival at its pavilion and meeting site that is near Appling, Ga., with competitive archery, family dining and camping events, entertainment and fellowship. For details, contact, Charles Newsome, (706) 836-1513, or visit www.applingarchers.com.


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